Romance rating: (6 / 10)
🇯🇵 Baki (2018)
Adaption from: Manga
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|Title||Episodes||Release date||Release season|
|Season 1||Baki (2018)||26||25. June 2018 ‑ 17. December 2018||Summer 2018|
|Season 2||Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen||13||04. June 2020||Spring 2020|
|Season 3||No Informations|
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Kozue Matsumoto is the daughter of Baki Hanma’s landlord, and also a schoolmate of his.
They met before a tournament and have been very close since then and have dates.
Baki Hanma lies at home in bed in his underwear.
Kozue Matsumoto sneaks into his house, takes off her clothes and also has only her underwear on.
She then lies down beside him and hugs him from behind.
When Baki Hanma turns to Kozue Matsumoto and attempts to do something in a sexual regard, he gets interrupted by his father.
The man just quickly gives Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto a few harsh sex advices, and disappears after his speech immediately. What a father 😅
Season 1, episode 17.
The intimate scene will be shown quite intensively.
Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto are naked, but gentitalia will not be shown.
He does the foreplay on Kozue Matsumoto.
And then it happens.
Then, after a few short scenes and changing images, the narrator describes that Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto did it several times.
Season 1, episode 20.
Love Triangle, Strongly representedWhen?
At the end of season 2.
Mohammad Alai Jr.
Kozue Matsumoto and Mohammad Alai Jr. have just a normal friendly relationship in the beginning.
They first meet when Kozue Matsumoto cries on a park bench because of Baki Hanma’s circumstances.
He briefly cheers her up, and then continues on his way.
Season 1, episode 24.
Kozue Matsumoto and Mohammad Alai Jr. meet a second time, at the Raitai tournament.
Here too it is when Kozue Matsumoto cries because of Baki Hanma’s circumstances.
And Mohammad Alai Jr. cheers her up again, this time he even went a little closer and hugged her quite sensually.
Season 2, episode 2.
Later, after the Raitai tournament is over, Kozue Matsumoto is phoned by Mohammad Alai Jr. to arrange a meeting.
And so they meet at the café.
There Mohammad Alai Jr. then suddenly tells Kozue Matsumoto that he wants to marry her.
Season 2, episode 9.
From here a mediocre love triangle drama begins.
(For more information ➜ NTR)
Baki Hanma tells Kozue Matsumoto how crazy he is about her.When?
Season 1, episode 11.
Kozue Matsumoto tells Baki Hanma that she wants to be with him forever.When?
Season 1, episode 12.
2 times in Season 1, episode 5.What?
The first kiss is shown in a memory. Baki Hanma kisses Kozue Matsumoto there for the first time.
The second kiss becomes a bit strange in between, because one expects an interruption, which fortunately doesn’t happen, and still lets the kiss end romantically.
Season 1, episode 11.What?
Baki Hanma kisses Kozue Matsumoto after he tells her how crazy he is about her.
Season 1, episode 12.What?
A kiss before they both go home.
Season 1, episode 20.What?
A kiss before Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto have sex.
Season 2, episode 9.What?
Kozue Matsumoto asks Baki Hanma why he no longer looks at her.
Baki Hanma answers that he does not look at her but feels her.
But that is not enough for her, and then they kiss.
Will the couple get together?
This is a little bit unclear at the beginning, because officially they do not see themselves as a couple.
However, this is changing quite quickly.
Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto namely hold hands after their date.
Season 1, episode 4.
Will the couple stay together?
After the Raitai tournament is over, Kozue Matsumoto suddenly receives a marriage proposal from Mohammad Alai Jr.
She rejects that of course.
Baki Hanma doesn’t know about it at first, but when he finds out, he seems rather uncaring.
His statement that Kozue Matsumoto belongs to no one and that it is her decision alone, and that Kozue Matsumoto says nothing about it afterwards, I found very irritating.
Because all of a sudden, the behaviour of the two doesn’t fit anymore in the way it was at the beginning of the anime.
At the beginning of the anime, Kozue Matsumoto and Baki Hanma were still so much in love with each other and wanted to be together forever.
Now it is about how Kozue Matsumoto needs to decide for the better man.
And not about her continuing to remain loyal at Baki’s side and to stand up for the love she feels for him.
Besides, it somehow seems that Baki Hanma doesn’t care very much that another man is trying to throw himself at his girlfriend to steal her away from him.
(Just as a little comparison:
Right at the beginning of the anime, when Baki Hanma and Kozue Matsumoto meet for their first date, four guys want to throw themselves at Kozue Matsumoto.
But Baki Hanma immediately puts them in their place. For Mohammad Alai Jr. he does not even lift a finger.
Ok, the four guys were some delinquents who wanted to do who knows what with Kozue Matsumoto.
But in principle, it used to be more important to Baki Hanma to keep men away from Kozue Matsumoto.)
So both seem to have somehow lost interest in their relationship and don’t even try to fight for it.
That was then the point where I started not to take the romance at the season end really seriously anymore.
Season 2, episode 9.
Continuing on, with Mohammad Alai Jr. having a couple of fights with some people.
From which he repeatedly suffers injuries.
After each new injury he meets again with Kozue Matsumoto.
So Kozue Matsumoto continues to meet with Mohammad Alai Jr. in the café.
Although she knows what ulterior motives Mohammad Alai Jr. has and what he wants to achieve.
At a certain point there is then finally a little clarification from Kozue Matsumoto.
She tells him that they can continue to meet, but also makes it clear that he should not expect more from her.
His attempts and efforts to get closer to her are in vain, because in the end Kozue Matsumoto tells him that they are just friends.
He calls him an idiot and finds him uncool and unmanly.
(Still as mentioned before:
All this pointless drama could have been avoided if Kozue Matsumoto would have been loyal and stood by Baki Hanma’s side from the beginning.
Actually, I think this would have been even more beneficial for the Romance and it would have increased the Romance rating significantly.
Instead, she nevertheless repeatedly met with Mohammad Alai Jr., which resulted in lowering the Romance rating.)
Season 2, episode 10.
At the end Mohammad Alai Jr. gets his long awaited fight against Baki Hanma.
But he loses that.
When Baki Hanma is alone with Kozue Matsumoto in the changing room afterwards, he seems quite cold.
Kozue Matsumoto leaves the changing room.
Meanwhile Mohammad Alai Jr. is crying in the hallway.
Kozue Matsumoto appears.
And this time she comforts him with a hug.
The scene ends like this.
What happens afterwards is not shown in the anime anymore.
Season 2, episode 12.
What happens after the hug and what are the true feelings of Kozue Matsumoto?The true feelings at the end?
Kozue Matsumoto feels to be more like a mother for Mohammad Alai Jr.
She has no love feelings for him.
Unfortunately the anime left out this very important part.
If you want to know more about it, you can read this part in the Manga, in chapter 186.
Dead of a love partner?
The open end in regard to the anime in general?
The anime itself, ends with a cliffhanger.
The end of the second last episode ends with Baki Hanma preparing for the fight with his father.
And the last episode is only a summary of the fighters who broke out of the prisons in the beginning, and should prepare us for the surprises in the next season.
(Season 2, episode 12 and 13)
The open end in regard to the romance?
The anime ends very unsatisfactorily in regard to the romance.
At the end, the romance is concluded very abruptly with the end of the love triangle drama (further information ➜ NTR), and leaves out an important part in the anime.
Therefore I give you here 2 recommendations on how to finish the anime in a way that will satisfy you in regard to the romance.Recommendation 1: Romance end without the love triangle
Just stop watching the anime after season 2, episode 8. (Even better, from about minute 18:30, end the anime).
This is the point where the tournament ends and the romance concludes peacefully.
Recommendation 2: Romance end with the love triangle
If you are interested in the anime and the brutal fights, and the love triangle is not a problem for you, then watch the anime until season 2, episode 12 from about minute 15:40.
This is the moment after Kozue Matsumoto hugs Mohammad Alai Jr.
Afterwards you should absolutely read the manga chapter 186 of Baki.
This clarifies namely things a little bit more about the feelings Kozue Matsumoto has towards Mohammad Alai Jr.
And on top of that, there is also, a satisfying romance happy end, for Kozue Matsumoto and Baki Hanma.
It’s a pity that they didn’t include this part in particular to let the anime end properly.
That would have been a far better conclusion.
Beyond that, there is something important to mention about the next episodes in the future concerning Kozue Matsumoto and the romance.Manga?
As far as I have read on the internet, Kozue Matsumoto will just rarely appear in the manga, after the Mohammad Alai Jr story part.
Therefore I think that there won’t be any more romance.
So if you watch the anime because of the romance, you can practically stop after Recommendation 1 or 2.
But if you find the story interesting and the fights cool, and want to know how it will continue with Baki Hanma, you have to wait for the next season, just like me.